cindystark - clearing off the nightstand (THIS year is the year it happens!)
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#1 - all at sea by Decca Aitkenhead - some remarkably beautiful writing here amidst the tragedy; this one was NOT on the nightstand last year, but a lovely way to start this year's list
A year full of books
A year full of friends
A year full of all your wishes realised
I look forward to keeping up with you, Cindy, this year.
#2 Becoming by Michelle Obama - no matter your politics, this (First) lady can write; best book read in a long time
#3 Raising Blaze by Debra Ginsberg - mixed feelings about this one - deep subject matter, but the author is unlikable and makes decisions that don't seem like they would work for most parents
#4 Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris - written much like Orphan Train but with a touch of romance - not a bad winter read
#5 My Father' Wives by Mike Greenberg - picked this one up without knowing who the author was, and so glad I did. Could have used a bit more character development, but an interesting story line
#6 The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff -- an odd mix of fact and fiction, I read this thinking it was the true story, was disappointed to read the author's note at the end regarding how much was actually fiction. Now to watch the movie and do some more research on Lili.
#7 Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn - this first novel by the author of Gone Girl shows just how far Flynn has matured as a writer by the time Gone Girl is published; this one is creepy and dark but never quite hits the mark
#8 - The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan - this one had me murmuring hmmmmm for most of the book - still not quite sure
#9 Double Honeymoon by Evan S Connell -- finished this one only because I kept thinking that it just HAD to get better. Nope. Not a fan of the writing style, the characters, the story.
Looks like your reading year is off to a great start, Cindy! I need to make your goal for the year mine too. My nightstand is groaning under the weight of the books - and I have now taken over my husband's as well :)
My problem is that I add two new titles for every one that gets removed... Every time I discover a new author, it turns into a treasure hunt to pick up anything else they have written and the nightstand pile grows deeper...
#10 - The Girl Next Door by Elizabeth Noble - this one was a very pleasant surprise; picked it up from the local library discard shelf ages ago because I loved The Reading Group - not sure why it was discarded!
#11 - Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo -- sweet and satisfying!
#13 - The Reckoning by John Grisham -- this one started out reading like vintage Grisham, but never really took off; almost written like two books with the chapters devoted to the war, and the ending was a letdown
#14 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens -- it's a rare book that earns 5 stars from me; no hesitation this time. Heartbreakingly beautiful writing; just picked up a second copy to send to a friend, as I'm not sure that I can let my copy go...
#15 - The Good Mayor by Andrew Nicoll -- quirky and strange and utterly charming
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